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WHY Do I Find a Problem with Her?

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        06-28-2010, 03:42 PM
    It can be hard to find a perfect match between horse and rider. It works both ways though. My horse Spike can be so laid back, and I'm like "c'mon, let's GO already!!" He is a very slow walker, so when I go on a big trail ride with a group, we have to be at the back. He will not even try to keep up. The other horses get about 70 feet ahead, and then we have to trot to catch up. I would love to get on a horse that wants to keep up a steady trot for 10 miles. I would love to do endurance, but he's not the right horse for it.. Don't get me wrong, he is my baby I've had for 15 years and would never change him, but I also know what I'll look for in my Next horse.
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        06-28-2010, 03:46 PM
    Yes, there is that balance...I mean, I like to go fast just as much as Tango, but I like to be the one to tell her to go fast, and it shouldn't be her idea. And then, going fast with her just means that she takes it to her head and then is convinced we get to keep on running even when I tell her to stop and that's when she gets really hard to control. So needless to say I don't go fast with her very much. Trotting, only sometimes canter, is the fastest I allow her.
        06-28-2010, 03:50 PM
    Originally Posted by ilyTango    
    No, that's the thing! She's still eager, but she's very easy to handle in lessons. My instructor says it's because she's been trailered over to the farm all winter and is used to getting there and settling down and working, and since I didn't ride in the winter here, working at home is a new and foreign concept. I'd like to just have lessons here, but I think it's a bit too out of the way for my instructor to drive here every week.

    If she is much calmer during lessons I would say that your instructor is correct. Just keep taking her out as much as possible. You should start to see some difference in her (hopefully sooner rather than later). Eventually she should be eager but easy on the trail too. She'll probably never be a "deadhead trailhorse", but you'll probably be able to relax quite a bit more if you get her more used to it.
        06-28-2010, 04:03 PM
    ^^That's just what I'm hoping! I just hope I don't ruin her or something in the meantime. We've had a few lessons here when Tang got absolutely impossible, but it's not enough. Especially since I ride her almost every day and I'm not really seeing any improvements.
        06-28-2010, 04:35 PM
    Green Broke
    Have you tried trailering her somewhere to trail ride? Maybe any ride you take at home she sees as "I have to hurry so I can go home faster." Maybe if you drove her somewhere to ride, she would relax more, even tried trail riding a bit after your lesson. If she will relax away from home, it's a baby step in the right direction.
        06-28-2010, 05:38 PM
    ^Yes, that would probably work. She's been awesome every other trail ride we've gone on, because we've trailered to the starting spot. I don't know if she would be able to tell we're near home if we trailered to a different spot then rode home. Maybe? My dad's just usually busy and doesn't have time to take us a few miles away, and doesn't see why she'd have to be trailered when we can ride there instead.
        06-30-2010, 05:23 PM

    I will post this here and also at the "Would it be unreasonable...." thread.

    A fast walk with ears forward is a great thing going for you. When you feel that she is working herself up to change gait to the trot lift her head to hollow out her back to make it much harder to go into the trot. If you feel her ease up then drop you reins, figuratively speaking, and continue walking. If she does go into the trot lower her head, apply “light”, (the pressure you would get if you were holing your rein with your pinky finger,) pressure at first then continually and increasingly apply more steady pressure until the instant you feel her starting to drop back down to the walk then release all pressure. Figuratively speaking again, let go of your reins. I say “easy” as the first warning, light pressure as the second warning, and then down comes the hammer. Do this over and over and over. Once you get this going for you do it on the way home. It is a lot of work but eventually all you will have to do is lift your rein make a little contact and she will back down. When this is working for you at the walk work the same deal when she surges at the trot dropping pressure the instant she starts to slow down.

    The cavalry stop is great for slowing and stopping a horse in a straight line.

    I like to use a Tom Thumb bit with a curb strap. It gives the lift single rein action of a snaffle and also a two rein leveraged pull back if needed.

    Grandpa Knickerbocker

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